Fort Hood Army Internal Review Team: Final Report
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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The Armys Soldiers, Families and Civilians deserve a safe and secure environment to work, train and live. The Armys efforts in this regard are not new and they began long before the tragic events of 5 November 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas where the Army family lost thirteen of its members and 31 wounded. As the Department of Defense DoD Independent Review Panel made clear in its report, the initial response to the incident was prompt and effective. Fort Hoods use of an Active Shooter Response ASR model saved lives. Without question, prior mass casualty management and training, investment in emergency equipment and coordination with civilian law enforcement and emergency response personnel made a difference. Still, the DoD Independent Review Panel identified 79 recommendations for consideration andor implementation DoD-wide to reduce the likelihood, react to and recover from future incidents. While much has been accomplished, we believe that more can be done. Subsequent to the publication of the DoD Independent Review Panels report, the Secretary of Defense directed the Services to report back to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security and Americas Security Affairs ASDHDASA, the Services internal review and assessment of their organizations ability below the headquarters level to identify internal threats and force protection FP and emergency response programs, policies and procedures. In response to the Secretary of Defenses directive, the Army Vice Chief of Staff VCSA established the Fort Hood Army Internal Review Team AIRT. The result of the Internal Review Teams effort is this report.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Civil Defense